Accident description
Last updated: 26 October 2014
Status:
Date:Sunday 8 November 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC93 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32
Operator:Aeroméxico
Registration: XA-DEO
C/n / msn: 47622/753
First flight: 1974
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-17
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Total:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:65 km (40.6 mls) E of Zihuatanejo (   Mexico) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Acapulco-Alvarez International Airport (ACA/MMAA), Mexico
Destination airport:Guadalajara-Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport (GDL/MMGL), Mexico
Flightnumber: 110
Narrative:
DC-9 registered XA-DEO departed Acapulco for a domestic flight to Guadalajara. About 35 minutes after takeoff a cabin decompression occurred. The pilot radioed that they wanted to return to Acapulco and initiated an emergency descent from FL310. Over the Sierra de Guerro mountains the plane struck a mountain at 6000 feet altitude and crashed.

PROBABLE CAUSE: Crew failed to follow approved (emergency) procedures.

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Distance from Acapulco-Alvarez International Airport to Guadalajara-Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport as the crow flies is 559 km (349 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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